Highlights from Kona’s 2017 Road Lineup

Rove ST, Sutra LTD, Roadhouse and Wheelhouse

Road Bike
Best known for its mountain bikes, Kona also offers an impressive range of road models.

Best known for its mountain bikes, Kona also offers an impressive range of road models.

Kona is best known for its range of mountain bikes, but it also produces a full range of models that includes everything from performance road bikes to commuters. Below is just a quick sample from their 2017 product range:

The Kona Rove ST is a jack of all trades.

The Kona Rove ST is a jack of all trades.

Rove ST

The Rove ST is Kona’s take on a sporty crossover SUV. It’s designed to do it all, from light touring on gravel roads to smashing up the bike path. If you had to typecast it, the geometry is probably closest to that of a CX bike.

Flared drop bars help to create the versatility of the Rove.

Flared drop bars help to create the versatility of the Rove.

It uses a butted cromoly frame and fork, while the rest of the line uses an alloy frame. A frame only version of the Rove is also available in titanium.

For 2017, The Rove ST uses a 40 T front chainring, paired with a 10-42 rear cassette.

For 2017, The Rove ST uses a 40 T front chainring, paired with a 10-42 rear cassette.

This year the Rove ST comes equipped with a SRAM Rival 1x group, which now has a broader range than last years 2016 model. Kona has also transitioned to a new tubeless ready wheelset.

The Rove ships with Clement 700x36c tires, but can easily clear 40c tires.

The Rove ships with Clement 700x36c tires, but can easily clear 40c tires.

Other details to note include the frames capability to mount two water bottles inside the frame and a third on the downtube. The Rove also has a myriad of fender and rack mounting options and clearance for up to 40cc tires.

Retail for the Rove ST is $1,499.

The Kona Sutra has progressive geometry that’s suited for touring, but more than capable of shredding trail. It’s an office favorite that comes in two very different builds.

The Kona Sutra has progressive geometry that’s suited for touring, but more than capable of shredding trail. It’s an office favorite that comes in two very different builds.

Sutra LTD

If the Rove is the jack of all trades, the Sutra LTD is the grand tourer. It’s also built from butted cromoly tubing, but the geometry is ultra progressive. It has a long wheel base, slack head angle, and there’s ridiculous tire clearance front and rear. The fork has a lot of rake incorporated.

The frame and fork are available in two different build kits. The base level model retails for $1,399 and is ready to go from Portland to Portland out of the box. It comes with bar end shifters, a 3×9 mountain bike drivetrain, and full fenders. A honey brown Brooks saddle completes the picture perfect setup.

The Kona Sutra LTD comes stock with 700x45c WTB Riddlers, but the frame has room for up to 29x2.1

The Kona Sutra LTD comes stock with 700x45c WTB Riddlers, but the frame has room for up to 29×2.1″ tires.

The LTD, pictured here, is the disruptor that couples road spec with mountain components. For example, it pairs a SRAM 1x Rival drivetrain with MTB cranks and has massive 45c WTB Riddler tires mounted to WTB i23 mountain rims.

Rider position helps to define the Sutra LTD.

Rider position helps to define the Sutra LTD.

And it’s not just geometry and mountain components that make this bike so interesting, it’s rider position. Kona has chosen to spec bars much wider than we’re used to seeing, which they claim allows you to hold a more traditional mountain bike position on the flats. The drops are flared out so that when things get bumpier, you can adjust your grip.

This packaging makes the $1,999 Sutra LTD one of the most popular models in the office.

Continue to page 2 for more of Kona’s Roadhouse and Wheelhouse road bikes and full photo gallery »

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